Joe Biden is someone who “will do everything to bring people together”, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown said.

Speaking to the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Brown said Biden’s international focuses will be on global health, the economy and the “green revolution”.

The former Labour leader said there are huge amounts of things Biden can do by executive order, such as re-joining the Paris agreement even if he does not have control of the senate.

“He’s one of those guys where what you see is what you get. He works closely with people, he’s a natural negotiator,” Brown said

He added that Biden plans to come to Britain within the first six months of his presidency, probably for the meeting of the G7 nations, however this would be dependent on the coronavirus pandemic. He could then visit again for a climate change summit in Glasgow, Brown said.

“Joe Biden has always been a friend of Britain,” he said.